Ever since Solo sent me the Rival Backpack a few years ago, I’ve been steadily using and loving it whenever I venture out with my laptop and accessories. Just when I thought I knew everything about laptop bags, here comes Solo to change up the game both figuratively and literally with their Duane Hybrid Briefcase Backpack. If you have a 15-inch laptop or smaller, or a tablet you want to keep safe while on the go, and can’t make up your mind if you want to carry them in a briefcase, messenger bag, or backpack, this is the bag for you.
At first glance, you’ll assume this is just a 2.1lbs, 12.5″ x 17″ x 5″ polyester briefcase/messenger bag with a nice sized, padded main compartment for your 15.6-inch laptop and/or tablet. But you’d only be half right, as this bag also comes with a hideaway back pocket that contains two straps you can attach to transform this into a backpack.
This makes any commute that much easier for you and your tech, as you can carry it briefcase style, attach the included adjustable shoulder strap for messenger bag style, and/or use it as a backpack if you want to be totally hands-free while on the move. There’s also a large front pocket for books, cables, and such, and two quick-access pockets that’s perfect for your smartphone, keys, and anything else you need to reach in a hurry.
This bag is also pretty durable, with some really tough stitching and strap hooks to make sure everything stays in place and has you covered. While the shoulder strap and backpack straps are removable, the durable hooks are pretty tough to unhook once they’re in place, making it the only “gripe” I had with this case. If anything should go wrong with your bag, you’ll be happy to know it comes with “Solo’s Unstoppable 5-Year Guarantee”. So you can go about your day with confidence knowing you can always send it back for a new one should any defect misfortune befall your purchase.
If you’re a laptop or tablet user that’s always on the go and can’t decide on what type of bag to carry your tech in, the Solo Duane Hybrid Briefcase Backpack has you covered completely. From the sweet padded main compartment, to the perfectly placed pockets for your accessories, this will become your favorite go-to bag soon enough.